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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 19, 2019
Category: foot health

Did you know that an average active person walks roughly 7500 steps in one day? Multiply that by 365 and see how gigantic a task this seems to become for a year! Yet how many of us take out any time to ensure that our feet are healthy and fit? Barely a handful of people!

Not surprisingly, our feet, which are also one of the most complex body parts in terms of bone and muscle structure, are the most neglected and taken for granted.

There are several conditions that affect our feet; the most common ones include:

However, did you know that we humans are not the only ones who can fall prey to these conditions? Recently a baby giraffe in Seattle’s Woodland Zoo was diagnosed with a condition known as “hyperextended fetlocks” in which the rare legs of the giraffe were misaligned, causing it pain and making it difficult for it to walk properly.

Luckily, a team of experts was able to create customized shoes and leg casts to support its feet and lower legs; enabling it to walk in a more stable manner. If it was not for the dedication and hard work of Dr. Tim Storms and a team from Kentucky, that giraffe’s quality of life would have been severely compromised.

It is truly a wonder how many benefits podiatrists are offering us humans and yet we avoid consulting them. Podiatrists can help us adopt a lifestyle that will ensure that our feet are healthy so that we are not deprived of the small pleasures that life has to offer, like walking on the beach, running outdoors, playing sports and merely going from one point to another.

They not only treat and cure foot conditions, but they also prevent long term damage to our feet. So, utilize their services and enjoy your feet (like the baby giraffe did). Schedule your annual foot checkups today with Joseph Stuto, DPM to make sure nothing catches you off guard.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 15, 2019
Category: athritis
Tags: arthritis   Gout   osteoporosis   food  

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, as we progress into the month of May, our commitment to Arthritis Awareness increases steadily. No amount of emphasis on joint protection is enough to capture the importance of the 33 joints that comprise each one of our feet!

With age, the cartilage in these joints can diminish, causing friction between the joints leading to inflammation, pain, and possibly irreparable damage.

Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to pay attention to your foot joints. Here are the three most common risks that they face:

What can you do to care for your joints?

  • Indulge in light but regular physical activity. Exercise flexes the muscles and makes them strong, which ultimately protects the joints from injuries.
  • Warming up before exercising is crucial to prevent your muscles and joints from long-term damage.
  • Excess body weight is harmful to the joints as it exerts extra pressure on the feet. Maintaining or reducing weight to a healthy level is essential for joint protection.
  • Your selection of food also affects your weight and the health of your joints. Certain foods like berries, nuts, and leafy vegetables have anti-inflammatory effects on the joints, making their consumption beneficial. Moreover, avoiding sugary and oily foods is good for your overall health and body weight.
  • Wear protective gear like ankle braces, knee pads and the like when taking part in sports. Avoiding joint injuries right from the start goes a long way against fighting arthritis and similar diseases.

If you are experiencing any joint pain or have suffered an injury, visit our podiatrists at our two convenient office locations in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537. Please call us and schedule an appointment without any delay. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto will thoroughly examine your feet and carry out the required treatment accordingly. Be assured that your feet are safe in our hands!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 27, 2019
Category: nutrition

Did you know that what you eat has a direct impact on the health of your feet? Eating healthy foods provide good nutrition and enable you to maintain your weight. As a result, your feet (that bear all that weight) are also stress-free, strong and at ease.

Here are some notable benefits of healthy eating to your feet:

  • Vegetables, especially leafy greens, are a great source of calcium for the bones. Stronger bones mean happy feet!
  • Fruits have numerous benefits too: blueberries have anti-inflammatory effects, oranges provide calcium and vitamin C that helps bones and tendons, and apples have a lot of iron – all of which are nutrients for healthy feet.
  • Certain fish that are rich in fatty acids provide vitamin D to the body that helps in absorbing calcium. They also help maintain cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of diabetes.
  • Dairy products strengthen bones and protect the feet from fractures and other bone deformities.

Eating healthy foods is a service you owe your feet to keep you mobile, fit, and active. Some of the dangers that your feet encounter include:

  • Arthritis: A condition in which your feet suffer from inflammation of joints. It is painful and can lead to immobility, as your feet bear the weight of your body.
  • Peripheral neuropathy: As the nerves are damaged, your feet suffer from loss of sensation, lack of blood circulation, numbness, and severe pain. The most common cause of this condition is “diabetes” which needs prevention by following a balanced diet and treatment through timely diagnosis and medical care.
  • Flat feet: It’s a condition in which the bones of your feet are placed under stress as the arch either disappears over time or is nonexistent since birth. The most common reason cited for flat feet is being overweight.

Healthy foods also affect your energy level and enable you to stay active. We can give you guidance on a healthy diet and proper foot care. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 11, 2018
Category: foot deformities
Tags: flat feet   Bunions   arthritis   neuromas  

For people with foot and ankle problems, picking out the right shoe can be quite a challenge. The importance of picking the right pair of shoes does not only complements outfits and helps you stay relaxed, but also helps you keep optimal foot health. Not selecting the right shoe or continuing to wear ill-fitted shoes can lead to one of the most common foot conditions called bunions. Poor shoe choice can cause a bony lump to form on the side of the big toe joint.

For all those people who have foot disorders, especially bunions, there is a multitude of ways to safeguard and guarantee protection for their feet. One such way to prevent bunions from worsening is to opt for shoes that best suit you.

Here are some of the qualities to look out for:

  • Wear shoes that have wide or rounded toe boxes. This helps avoid cramping of your toes and prevents any unnecessary pressure on the foot joint.
  • Buy shoes that are designed with flexible or stretchy materials. The flexible canvas allows the shoe to move around the bunion as you walk.
  • You may have to go up a shoe size or more to prevent the bunions from getting worse and help relieve pain.

If you suspect any early bunion formation or are experiencing any foot pain, it is always best to consult a podiatrist for the best solutions. The sooner you spot a problem, the easier it is to treat.

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto of Joseph Stuto, DPM, specializes in various podiatry subspecialties. Whether you have arthritis, sprains, bunions, flat feet, fungal infections, diabetic foot, neuromas, heel spurs or warts, our experienced podiatrist can help defeat all your foot and ankle problems and maintain optimal foot health. You can visit our extensive patient library to learn more about topics that interest you. Call (718) 624-7537 and schedule an appointment.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 05, 2018
Category: Ankle pain

Ankle pain can cause major disruption to your day-to-day activities. Arthritis, injury to the Achilles tendon, and several other conditions may cause chronic ankle pain. The first step, however, is to initiate the RICE protocol (Rice, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). If the pain persists for a day or two, you may require the assistance of your foot care specialist for proper care.

Here are several factors and conditions that may trigger ankle pain:

  • Sprained ankle—The rolling and twisting of your ankle in an unnatural way can trigger an ankle sprain to occur. This can stretch and tear the tissues (ligaments) that hold your ankle bones together. Proper diagnosis and prompt treatment can help prevent future ankle problems while ensuring the best possible recovery.
  • Achilles tendon tear—Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body that connects the heel bone to the calf muscle. It allows you to walk, run, and jump comfortably. However, repetitive stress can partially or completely tear this tendon causing severe pain and discomfort in the ankle.
  • Arthritic conditions—Arthritis and related conditions affect the joints of the feet and ankles causing severe pain, swelling and stiffness. Exercise or physical therapy can help ease the pain and swelling.

If you suspect that your ankle is not healing properly, seek advice or treatment from a foot doctor.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we treat a multitude of foot and ankle conditions such as flat feet, warts, toe deformities, bunions, fungal infections, sports injury, and arthritis. Our committed and highly-qualified podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help pinpoint the exact cause of your ankle pain and devise a treatment plan that showcases the best outcomes. Call or visit us at our two convenient locations in Brooklyn: (718) 624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights) or (718) 567-1403 (Brooklyn).